Citypark parkrun, Craigavon is cancelled on 2020-10-31 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The Running Commentary #379 – 14th March 2020

A pleasantly mild morning for our 235 runners and walkers today. We were a little short of volunteers so thanks to all those who helped out including a few speedies who finished and then did some scanning for us.

We are facing an unprecedented time and we really appreciate all the volunteers who helped us out at this difficult time. This week's amazing superstars were:

Run Director Karl DUNN
Timekeeper Martin CAMPBELL
Timekeeper Briony VERNON
Finish Tokens Caroline MCGURRAN
Barcode Scanning Helen HILL
Barcode Scanning Jillian REDPATH
Marshal Charlotte COLLINS
Marshal Bernie SCULLION
Marshal Rachel COLLINS
Tail Walker Lynn PHUN
Tail Walker Sean SCULLION
Run Report Writer Gillian MCCRORY
Results Processor Marina MCGURRAN
Token Sorting Jason MCGURRAN
Pre-event Setup Dale MCCRORY
Pre-event Setup Jonathan DEWART
Post-event Close Down Eamon MCGURRAN

Safety is always our number one concern and we will continue to follow guidance from parkrun HQ regarding City Park parkrun. We did initiate some changes this morning and thanks to everyone for your understanding as we scrapped food, water and our marquee at the end of the run. We had hand sanitisers, the volunteers wore gloves and we had boxes to drop the tokens in rather than our volunteers holding on to them and unfortunately we have also put a halt to hugs and high fives. We are exercising these cautions to try to keep you and your loved ones safe and we may have to take more measures in the coming weeks and months. Please always check our facebook page as we will update it with any changes to our runs.

We had 18 first timers this morning, 15 doing their first ever parkrun, this included a group of graduates from the Southern Health & Social Care Trust C25K, well done and congratulations:

Geoffrey TURKINGTON 18:45
Harry PESUN 26:38
Jonathan PURDY 29:20
Susanna CROW 29:48
Vivienne TOAL 31:13
Leigh MCGUCKIN 34:10
Mairead DONNELLY 35:10
Shauna FITZPATRICK 36:38
Bronagh WILSON 36:48
Catherine DUNBAR 38:28
Joanna IRWIN 38:32
Nigel SPEERS 39:34
Rachel MONTGOMERY 42:38
Glynis RITCHIE 44:37
Amy RITCHIE 45:03
Demii DEE 48:05
Nic GEE 48:41
Lisa GRAHAM 50:44

 

89829686_204820967459826_2783365156879466496_n

We had a massive 32 PBs this morning, congratulations, you all deserve a treat:

David HAMILTON 15:51
Peter DONNELLY 16:08
Evan EVANS 17:46
Paul MCGOVERN 20:47
David MCCLEAN 20:49
Conor MORROW 21:11
Jonathan MILLS 21:14
William MARSHALL 21:17
Agnieszka STEPIEN 21:41
Judith BRACKEN 23:25
Chris TINSLEY 23:40
Trudy ANDERSON 23:54
Michael CASSIDY 24:32
Sherrie PERCY 25:02
David MCKECHNIE 25:05
Pamela WILLIAMSON 25:45
Sinead MCKERR 26:06
Will JONES 26:52
Claire CAMPBELL 27:02
Terry BENNETT 27:19
May GRACEY 27:22
Roisin MCQUILLAN 27:47
Heather IRVINE 29:15
Aisling DOVE 29:35
Martin WILLIS 30:00
David LEEPER 30:29
Christine OLIVER 31:19
Matthew MCFADDEN 31:29
Kerri DUFFY 31:56
Ethan DUFFY 31:57
Paul SANDERSON 33:23
Emma MCVEIGH 34:23

 

The top 3 males, females and age-grades this week:

1 David HAMILTON 15:51
2 Peter DONNELLY 16:08
3 Conor GRIMES 17:30

David in fantastic form taking over 30 secs off his PB, followed by Peter with a new PB and Conor.

 

1 Hayley NEWBOUND 21:05
2 Jillian REDPATH 21:28
3 Agnieszka STEPIEN 21:41

Three very fast ladies too with just 36 secs separating Hayley, Jillian and Agnieszka.

 

1 David HAMILTON SM30-34 82.33% 15:51
2 Ken SIMPSON VW55-59 81.06% 19:27
3 Peter DONNELLY SM30-34 80.58% 16:08

The top 2 boys were joined by King Ken in the age grades podium.

 

We had 3 milestones today and for the first time ever no cake to celebrate, once we are out the other side of this COVID-19 City Park parkrun will throw a massive party to celebrate all these achievements. Congratulations to Madeleine IRWIN who has completed 50 runs, Gemma FIELDS finishing her 150th run and our very own Jonny 'JD' Dewart who has now completed an astonishing 300 parkrun, phenomenal:

89493479_705098273598905_1265209709414055936_n

89251810_630515331123303_8714245990816677888_n
We had some issues with people finishing their runs and then coming back across the finish line again this morning, can we please remind everyone to only cross once. Also if you are accompanying someone but don't want to take part or get a token please do not enter the finish zone. Thanks for your understanding.

I'm sure some people have seen our facebook post this morning. We had a complaint about runners taking up the whole path and bumping into someone and a lady with a pushchair not being given any room and having to leave the path. City Park is a beautiful area and we are very lucky to be able to have our run there, but we do not have exclusive use of it. As the weather gets nicer more and more people will be out around the lakes in the morning, please respect all users and always give way to other people on the paths. If you see someone coming towards you, please call out to the runners around you to let them know and advise everyone to move to one side of the path. That way we can all continue to use and share this lovely facility.

Lurgan junior parkrun is on tomorrow in Lurgan park at 9.30am for any children aged 4-14, hope to see some of our younger runners there. Until next week please stay safe and keep washing your hands and keep an eye on our facebook page for any changes we may need to make.

 

Gil

 

Citypark parkrun Report. Event 378. 7th March 2020

This week the weather was favorable to us at Citypark parkrun and we had a great event with our very own Caroline McGurran as Run Director.  Well done Caroline on a being a great director at this event.  This week 223 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part. The first Saturday of the month saw a number of runners help pace others around the lakes in record times. It was also International Womens day at parkrun and we were glad to see many run to celebrate this occasion.

CP3/20" alt="" />

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Jonathan DEWART • Lynn PHUN • Jillian REDPATH • Karl DUNN • Dale MCCRORY • Ronald GEMMELL • Heather BLAKE • Ken SIMPSON • Samuel HARPER • Ben ALLISON • Ruth MOORE • Marina MCGURRAN • Joanne BONESS • Nicky WILLIAMSON • Caroline MCGURRAN • Helen HILL • Rachel COLLINS • Charlotte COLLINS • Nathan DURAND • Oisin MCQUILLAN • Jason MCGURRAN • Catherine BELL • Nicholas BELL • Robert MCCUNE • Briony VERNON

No Milestones this week, but I hear there a few big ones coming up very soon.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Citypark parkrun, Craigavon Results Page.

1st, 2nd and 3rd places.  Women's & Men.

1
Female
21:13
2
Female
22:18
3
Female
22:35
1
Male
16:43
2
Male
18:43
3
Male
19:31

Age Graded percentages.

1
80.31% age grade
2
79.36% age grade
3
76.00% age grade

Every week we are dependent on our volunteers and are happy to get help from all our runners at Citypark, with this in mind we ask you to please consider taking a turn at Volunteering some Saturday.  Training will be given. A suggestion being modeled is to run 10 parkruns and volunteer one.  This would really help us as we would love to see other parkrunners enjoy helping out. Thanks.

The male record is held by Craig RUDDY who recorded a time of 15:44 on 23rd June 2018 (event number 295).
The female record is held by Fionnuala ROSS who recorded a time of 16:45 on 21st July 2018 (event number 299).
The Age Grade course record is held by Susan LINKLATER who recorded 89.15% (22:44) on 1st January 2019 (event number 322).

Citypark parkrun, Craigavon started on 11th August 2012. Since then 7,680 participants have completed 61,522 parkruns covering a total distance of 307,610 km, including 10,833 new Personal Bests. A total of 604 individuals have volunteered 5,340 times.

 

Citypark Parkrun #377 Run Report 29 Feb 2020

The weather was fairly kind to the 236 runners and walkers at today’s Citypark parkrun, the 377th run since we started back in 2012. Believe it or not there have been over 60,000 individual 5k runs at Citypark, meaning we have now passed the 300,000km mark in terms of the total distance run by Citypark parkrunners - that’s some achievement. Great to see so many of you leaping over the line to celebrate the 29th February, and extra special to have Shannon and David Leeper with us on this special day!

84E128F9-60CF-49C7-B514-00D999DD5712

Today we had 19 first timers to Citypark, and it was great to see you all. Thanks for joining us, and we hope you’ll come again.

We had some visitors from Leicester today, you’re very welcome and we hope you’ll come again. Citypark is the envy of many other parkruns because of our single lap course around those two beautiful lakes.

Today there were 22 personal bests, well done to all who achieved a PB.

There were also milestone runs today for the following -

Gary McCleary – 200 (not quite caught up with Donna yet!)

Wendy McShane – 150

Joanne Bowness - 100

Ruth Moore - 100

Christopher Scullion – 50

Patricia Doherty – 50 (at long last, but I suppose you did have the Belfast marathon last year to distract you!

Well done all, you deserve a treat for your continued commitment to parkrun

We all know that parkrun is a run, not a race, but there’s always an interest in our first-finishers who today were –

Women

1. Judith Nixon- 20.29
2. Leanne McKenna- 20.44
3. Rebecca Evans- 22.27

Men

1. Jonathon Loughran- 18.14
2. Colin McDowell- 18.31
3. Karl Dunn- 18.57

Age gradings

1. Colin McDowell- 79.66%
2. Judith Nixon- 79.09%
3. Ken Simpson- 78.12%

As ever, a word of thanks to today’s fabulous volunteers, without whom there wouldn’t be a parkrun. The majority of today’s volunteers were the Runchatters in their bright blue jackets, whose philosophy is to run, chat and treat – although usually the chatting and treating exceeds the running!

This weeks volunteers

Julie BEATTIE, Jan BROWN, Charlotte COLLINS, Dawn COLLINS, Patricia DOHERTY, Karl DUNN, Joan FITZPATRICK, Angela GEMMELL, Ronald GEMMELL, Helen HILL, Cait LENNON, Lesley LIVINGSTONE, Margaret MCADAM, Dale MCCRORY, Caroline MCGURRAN, Marina MCGURRAN, Adele RICHMOND, Briony VERNON

13D2A82C-D17E-40A7-A440-3E3D32BD56A4

A recent independent survey showed that parkrun volunteering has a bigger impact on health and wellbeing than running or walking, with 84% of those who responded to the survey saying volunteering at parkrun made them feel happier. That said, we are still often short of volunteers at Citypark, so please offer to volunteer just a few times a year and we can keep this great event going from strength to strength. Put your name on the whiteboard or have a word with some of the volunteers and they’ll be glad to tell you about it. And if you want to practice your volunteering skills in a smaller arena, come along to Junior parkrun any Sunday morning at 9.30am in Lurgan Park and have a trial run. You can even bring some runners aged 14 or under with you – it’s a great event and you’ll leave with a warm glow and a sense of hope for the future generation of runners.

Don’t forget – bring a female with you next week to run, walk, volunteer or support - to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March. The preferred dress code is purple, but I think we’ll let you run whatever colour you’re wearing!

See you next week

Cáit

D6C5FE3E-DDA6-4B8D-8882-45C871A70F42

 

The Running Commentary #376 – 22nd February 2020

The Starting Line

The storms had mostly passed for tutu day (aka the 22nd of the month) with only one light hail shower to have us worried… oh and lots of wind and puddles and a bit of a tree on the course.

The Volunteers

Thanks as always to our volunteers. There are usually folks setting up from 8:00 am while most of you are still in your beds! Karl checked the course this morning, a vital role as we weren’t sure if the course would still be there after the recent storms.

Next week there’s a takeover by the Runchatters which should be tremendous cake-filled fun.

Run Director

Jonathan DEWART

Timekeeper

Nathan DURAND

Timekeeper

Sheelin MCKEAGNEY

Finish Tokens

Briony VERNON

Finish Tokens

Roisin PEDEN

Barcode Scanning

Caroline MCGURRAN

Barcode Scanning

Tom LYTTLE

Marshal

Lynn PHUN

Marshal

Shannon LEEPER

Marshal

Ronald GEMMELL

Tail Walker

Angela GEMMELL

Tail Walker

Dennis DEVINE

Run Report Writer

Jonathan DEWART

Volunteer Co-ordinator

Marina MCGURRAN

Token Sorting

Jason MCGURRAN

Pre-event Setup

Dale MCCRORY

First Timers

We welcomed 15 first timers to the lakes this morning, with 8 completely new to the parkrun family.

Anthony GIRVAN

21:13

Neill GARDINER

23:27

Peter RENNIE

23:45

Tj MCDONALD

25:55

Gareth MCGRATH

26:35

Gillian SADLIER

27:48

Rory VAUGHAN

28:19

Nuala O'CONNOR

28:27

Angela MAWHINNEY

29:25

Leeanne HARKIN MCKERR

30:01

Alastair RAINEYS

30:21

Jonny ROUNTREE

33:10

Shannon AIKEN

34:23

Janet MCAULEY

35:53

Anne RENNIE

35:53

Sara STRAIN

41:32

Personal Bests

17 PB performances this morning, there must’ve been some tail wind!

Jack BINGHAM

19:15

Jonathan ELLIOTT

21:27

Daire MCCONVILLE

22:01

Gerard MCCONVILLE

22:12

Kyle PURDY

23:21

James LAMONT

26:31

Elaine KENNEDY

27:20

Sean MCCANN

27:56

Steven RAE

28:30

Patricia CRANGLE

29:23

Sandra HENDRON

31:08

Melvyn PURDY

31:09

Alistair COUSINS

31:13

David LEEPER

31:30

Catherine LAMONT

32:35

Joanne VINCE

37:57

Freya WEBSTER

38:34

The Podiums

Male

1

Stephen LUNN

18:14

2

Unknown

3

Jp THOMAS

19:04

4

Jack BINGHAM

19:15

A sixth time as first finisher for Stephen. We’d an unknown in second which bumps PBer Jack on to the podium.

Female

1

Jillian REDPATH

21:55

2

Ruth MCKEE

23:24

3

Niamh MORAN

24:16

Jillian tops the ladies for an amazing 27th time!

Age-Graded

1

Ken SIMPSON

VM55-59

79.56%

19:49:00

2

Ruth MCKEE

VW55-59

76.35%

23:24:00

3

Patricia CRANGLE

VW70-74

75.78%

29:23:00

Ken on top of the age league again despite a bit of a cold!

The Finishing Line

Well done to Graham Jennings who joined the 50 Club today. Also belated congratulations to Stephen Furphy who took his 250th celebrations to Armagh last week as we were cancelled.

Tomorrow the Lakers have organised a run with Team Kerr, starting from the normal parkrun spot at 10 AM. You can join in with them for anything from 5k and upwards. £12.50 with a medal too.

As mentioned above the Runchatters are having a takeover of all the key volunteer roles. Please prepare yourselves accordingly!

There were a set on Mini keys found in the carpark this morning. If these belong to you see a member of staff at the Farm.

Happy running,

Jonny D

 

The Running Commentary #375 – 8th February 2020

The Starting Line 

A bright, cool and breezy morning greeted 240 runners, joggers and walkers to the Lakes for City Park parkrun number 375. Storm Ciara hasn’t hit yet, but batten down the hatches as she’s due to land soon! As such the Lurgan Junior parkrun has been called off for tomorrow.

7th March is International Women’s Day, but only 37% of our field this morning was female. Please take the time to encourage the ladies in your lives to get out and get active. parkrun is here every week for everyone!

The Volunteers

Thanks as ever go to our volunteers. This morning they were kitted out in the new pink hi-viz vests, which isn’t some twee acknowledgement of IWD, but courtesy of our generous sponsors, Vitality.

84386253_2636124766504766_5974483917451821056_n

If you’d like to help out in the weeks ahead, check out the future roster and get in touch if you’d like to help fill in any of the gaps.

Run Director Ronald GEMMELL
Timekeeper Rachel COLLINS
Timekeeper Robert MCCUNE
Finish Tokens Charlotte COLLINS
Finish Tokens Diarmuid SANDS
Barcode Scanning Caroline MCGURRAN
Barcode Scanning Nathan DURAND
Barcode Scanning Joanne GILLESPIE
Marshal Lynn PHUN
Marshal Samuel HARPER
Marshal Owen MCNEILL
Marshal Eleanor GILL
Tail Walker Heather BLAKE
Tail Walker Nicky WILLIAMSON
Tail Walker Joanne O'NEILL
Run Report Writer Jonathan DEWART
Volunteer Co-ordinator Marina MCGURRAN
Results Processor Karl DUNN
Token Sorting Jason MCGURRAN
Pre-event Setup Dale MCCRORY
Post-event Close Down Eamon MCGURRAN
Funnel Manager Ross MCDONAGH

First Timers

This morning we welcomed 22 first timers to the Lakes, with three complete parkrun newbies. Among the visitors were a healthy crowd from City of Lisburn Athletics Club. However you came to join us this morning, I hope you felt welcome and will come back and join us again soon!

Aaron RUSH 18:32
Eimear MCCRACKEN 20:03
Michael MCLARNON 20:06
Ann TEREK 20:28
Ronan RUSH 21:21
Noel MULLEN 21:23
Mcgloin PAUL D. 21:29
Peter LAMONT 22:14
Caitriona MCGLOIN 22:18
Grainne KEENAN 22:52
Maurice LEESON 23:38
Colm KEENAN 23:45
Una SHORT 25:52
Desmond MCLARNON 26:43
Daire MCCONVILLE 26:50
Mary MCLARNON 27:06
Eric FRIZZELL 27:50
Pauline LEESON 28:50
Catherine MCINTYRE 28:59
Sean MCGURNAGHAN 30:02
Joy NELSON 35:45
Mark SCANNELL 42:33

Personal Bests

The breeze didn’t slow down these 27 fliers!

Ryan TREANOR 17:56
William MARSHALL 21:37
Daire MCCONVILLE 22:09
Theo DIXON 22:34
Conal KELLY 23:54
Alison GIBSON 25:13
Sherrie PERCY 25:59
Andrew AGNEW 26:15
Christopher FLECK 26:24
James DOWNEY 26:31
Warren MCCLEARY 26:44
James LAMONT 27:15
Sinead MCNAMEE 27:24
Charlie BOYD 27:28
Marc MURPHY 28:23
John MOONEY 28:55
Patricia CRANGLE 29:57
Margaret LESTER 30:12
Aisling DOVE 30:31
Joshua SANDERSON 30:45
Martin WILLIS 31:44
Raymond KNOX 33:34
Sebastian MCMICHAEL 34:32
Lewis WEBSTER 36:27
Oscar MCMICHAEL 37:40
Joseph MCMICHAEL 38:53
Tom LYTTLE 39:23

The Podiums

Male

  1. Ryan Treanor 17:56
  2. Andrew McIntyre 18:01
  3. Aaron Rush 18:32

Female

  1. Eimear McCracken 20:03
  2. Ann Terek 20:28
  3. Erin Havern 21:48

Age-Graded

  1. Ann Terek 87.30% VW55-59 20:28
  2. Ken Simpson 80.03% VM55-59 19:42
  3. Eimear McCracken 75.06% VW35-39 20:03

The Finishing Line

Just the one landmark maker today, Andrew Millar joining the 50 Club.

85145621_186777516024095_7401038381192314880_n

A popular recent addition to the kit and the gazebo is the selfie frame. Why don’t you try and get as many of your mates as possible to squeeze their heads in there sometime soon!
85146467_673653656706990_5821622402139815936_n

A final reminder that Lurgan Junior parkrun is OFF tomorrow due to Storm Ciara.

Safe running,

Jonny D

⇐ Newer Posts